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Description of the Project

Geographical Spread of the Assignment:

The assignment focusses on the preparation of a Master Plan to increase fish production and expand economic activities in Arugambay and Panama lagoons and surroundings located in Pottuvil and Lahugala DS Divisions. The value chains correspond to potential economic activities which are linked to the key sectors and subsectors are to be identified and the Master Plan to be prepared in an integrated approach.

Project Introduction

The assignment was to prepare a Master Plan to increase fish production and expand economic activities in Arugambay and Panama lagoons and surroundings located in Pottuvil and Lahugala DS Divisions. The master plan was to be prepared with an integrated approach ascertaining the value chains corresponding to potential economic activities which are linked to the key sectors as well as subsectors.

Arugambay

Analysis and Interpretation

The existing situation of public/Fisheries infrastructure facilities, siltation and water pollution by waste water, non-degradable solid waste, floods etc. Lagoons/estuaries are seriously affected by human activities; The high population density and demand for ecosystem services lead to a number of activities that exert multiple pressures on the lagoon/estuary, which may impact it negatively and lead to deterioration. The challenges for the lagoon/estuary are to identify the activities that affect the ecosystem. These activities are site specific but usually originate from agriculture, industry, transport, fishery, energy production and infrastructure, recreation, urbanization and industrialization. This has led to reduce protection against erosion and flooding, bio-diversity, natural breading, production and quality of fish. To increase quantity of fish production, it is needed to be introduce aquaculture for lagoons and estuaries etc.